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Community Ecology

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 95–99 | Cite as

Measuring taxonomic diversity with parametric information functions

  • C. RicottaEmail author
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Abstract

This paper discusses the measurement of taxonomic diversity of a given community or set of species. First, given D, the matrix of pairwise distances between species, I propose to summarize taxonomic diversity through Rényi’s information-theoretical parametric formalism on D. In this way, a family of taxonomic diversity indices is obtained which shows different sensitivity to the presence of species with different levels of taxonomic distinctness. The adequacy of information-theoretical indices for quantifying taxonomic diversity is discussed.

Keywords

Diversity profiles Information theory Rényi’s generalized information Schur-concavity Set monotonicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant BiologyUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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